Vanessa Di Lego

Research Group: Health and Longevity

Phone: +43 1 51581 - 7741

E-Mail: Vanessa.DiLego(at)


Vanessa Di Lego is interested in issues related to health and mortality, specifically the methodological challenges and gender gaps in mortality, as well as in the longevity of specific subgroups and selection in mortality studies. In 2018, she joined the Health and Longevity research group headed by Dr. Marc Luy at the Vienna Institute of Demography as a research scientist. In the framework of the ERC project “Levels and Trends of Health Expectancy: Understanding its Measurement and Estimation Sensitivity’’, Vanessa Di Lego is mainly performing sensitivity analysis of healthy life expectancy indicators regarding different measurement and estimation methods.

Vanessa Di Lego holds a bachelor degree in Social Sciences from the Minas Gerais State University in Brazil, and a Master’s and Doctorate degree in Demography from the Centre of Development and Regional Planning (CEDEPLAR-UFMG, Brazil).

Areas of Expertise

  • Formal demography
  • Differential longevity and mortality of subgroups
  • Life table techniques


Research Areas


Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications

Gender differences in healthy and unhealthy life years
Author(s): Di Lego V, Di Giulio P, Luy, M
Reference: Jagger, C.; Crimmins, E.; Saito, Y.; De Carvalho Yokota, R.; Van Oyen H.; Robine, J.-M. (eds.): International Handbook of Health Expectancies, Cham, Springer: 151-172.
Year: 2020

The Male-Female Health-Mortality Paradox
Author(s): Di Lego V, Lazarevic P, Luy, M
Reference: Gu, Danan; Dupre, Matthew E. (eds.): Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging, Dordrecht et al., Springer, doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-69892-2_798-2 (published online: 17.10.2019)
Year: 2019 (online)

Life Expectancy: Frequently Used, but Hardly Understood
Author(s): Luy, M, Di Giulio, P, Di Lego, V, Lazarevic, P, Sauerberg, M
Reference: Gerontology 2020;66:95–104 ,
Year: 2020 

Mortality selection among adults in Brazil: The survival advantage of Air Force officers
Author(s): di Lego V., Turra C., and Cesar C.
Reference: Demographic Research (37) 41:1339–1350. doi:10.4054/DemRes.2017.37.41
Year: 2017